Sunday, July 25, 2010

Menu Plan Monday...A Different Approach

I wanted to share my new approach to meal planning with you!    Momstheword always inspires me to do things that make life easier for my family, and on Mondays she encourages me to share how I Make My Home Sing!  Please take a minute to check her out, she is a very inspiring Christian Mom, and her blog is super fun!

I have decided, recently, to take a slightly different approach to meal planning.  Instead of planning meals for certain days of the week, I am now making a meal list (1-7).  Some days I find that I just don't feel like cooking what is planned, a last minute invite from friends/family comes up, or I simply don't get the meat thawed, any of these can throw off the entire plan!  (Oh, the horror!)

Using this plan, I have found that I can incorporate Leftover Buffet days more effectively.  If  I don't get to a meal on the list, then I already have one planned for the following week.

It has been a long little while since I posted my menu plan...but here goes!

I am cooking a whole chicken in the crock pot on Sunday, so we will be eating a lot of chicken dishes this week!

1. Cheesy-Tomato Chicken and Rice, Green Beans
  (crock pot chicken, fresh diced tomatoes from the garden, velvetta cheese, brown rice...casserole style!)

2. Venison Cheddar Meatloaf, Creamed Corn, Broccoli

3. Poppyseed Baked Chicken, Brown Rice, Green Beans
    (crock pot chicken, 8oz sour cream, 1 can cream chicken soup, topped with cracker crumbs and

4. Chicken and Dumplins, Sweet Peas

5. Sausage and Cabbage, Scalloped Potatoes

6. Leftover Buffet (when needed)

7. Leftover Buffet (when needed)


momstheword said...

I think that's a great idea. Sometimes I don't feel like making or eating something that day and so I move things around anyway! The poppy seed chicken is something I've never seen before but looks yummy.

I'm glad you linked up today! However, I did not see a link back to my blog with a mention of the MYHSM meme.

I'd appreciate it if you could do that! It's just a courtesy link and also so that your readers can see how the other people who linked to the meme are making their homes sing this week!

There is a link to the instructions on my meme post if you missed them. Thank you and have a great day!

shopannies said...

after years of meal planning and seeing things change because of circumstances, appointments, games etc... I started numbering my meals a few years ago as well

Joyfull said...

I sure need to do some meal planning! Loved reading your menu plan for the week. I really need to try this one week!! Thanks for sharing.

Erin said...

This is the only way I can stick to our menu at all! Seriously, I totally get the idea of it, but, like you, the rigidity of making x on Monday and y on Tuesday meant I fell off the menu quickly. Just having 7 meals to arrange as I see fit works really well for us. Glad to know it is working for you, too.

Toyin O. said...

Great ideas.